Commissioner: Timothy C. Ward

Director of Public Affairs: Joan Heath

Roy Odum Promoted

FORSYTH, Ga. – The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) Interim Commissioner Timothy C. Ward announced the promotion of Roy Odum to Deputy Warden of Security at Ware State Prison (SP), effective December 1, 2018. As Deputy Warden of Security, Odum will be responsible for overseeing approximately 397 staff members staff and 1,546 close-security male offenders at the facility.

“Odum has proven himself to be a skilled and competent leader,” said Interim Commissioner Timothy C. Ward. “His commitment to professionalism and excellence will serve the agency well in his new position.”

Odum began his career with GDC in 2007 as a Correctional Officer at Smith State Prison. During his tenure at Smith SP, he served on the Correctional Emergency Response Team (CERT) and was promoted to Sergeant.  In 2011, Odum was promoted to Lieutenant at Rogers State Prison where he served as Administrative Lieutenant, ACA Field Compliance Specialist, and PREA Investigator. In 2017, Odum was promoted to Major at Georgia State Prison and in 2018, he was promoted to the Tier II Unit Manager, where he currently serves.

Roy is currently pursuing his degree in Criminal Justice. He has completed the following departmental training: Basic Correctional Officer Training, Basic Management Training, Sergeants Academy and Supervision 2 & 3. Roy serves on the Statewide Honor Guard Team and is a member of the Uniform Committee.

About the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC)

The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) has one of the largest prison systems in the U.S. and is responsible for supervising nearly 52,000 state prisoners. It is the largest law enforcement agency in the state with approximately 10,500 employees. For more information on the GDC, call 478-992-5247 or visit